Edge of Dawn, the next book in the Midnight Breed series, was released on Tuesday. Before we post our review of that book, here’s the review for the last book, which signals the end of the first era of the Order.
Darker After Midnight
By Lara Adrian
Book #10 in the Midnight Breed series
In the dark of night, a blood war escalates within the hidden world of the Breed. After existing in secret for many long centuries, maintaining a fragile peace with the humans who walk beside them unaware, a single act of retaliation has put the entire vampire nation at risk of discovery. It falls to the Order—a cadre of Breed warriors pledged to protect their own and humankind alike—to stop Dragos, the power-mad vampire at the center of the conflict, before his push for domination can explode into catastrophe.
At the center of the Order’s quest is Sterling Chase, once a morally rigid enforcer of Breed law, now a warrior fallen from grace, whose biggest battle is the one he wages against his own savage nature. With addiction beckoning him toward eternal darkness, Chase’s path to redemption has never seemed more out of reach. But when his eyes meet those of Tavia Fairchild, a beautiful witness who identifies him at the scene of a mission gone terribly wrong, Chase finds himself drawn to the woman—and convinced she is something much more than she seems.
Pulled into a vortex of intrigue and danger she can neither resist nor understand, Tavia is uncertain whom to trust. And while everything sane and logical warns her against getting close to Chase, she cannot deny that the handsome, deeply haunted male stirs something primal and ravenous within her. But even as she surrenders to her cravings, nothing can prepare her for the shattering truth of who—and what—she truly is. As the Order’s enemy mobilizes for the battle of the ages, Dragos and his Minions unleashing a hell on Earth like nothing ever seen before, Chase and Tavia are thrust into the heart of the violence. With time running out and the streets running red with the blood of innocent lives, both Breed and human, together Chase and Tavia must find a way to defeat Dragos once and for all—or die trying.
Sterling Chase, once an upstanding enforcer of Breed law, has been spiraling downward for some time, dangerously skirting the edges of Bloodlust. When the story begins, he has sacrificed himself to the human police after Dragos orchestrated them chasing his minions directly to the Order's compound. Chase's selfless act gave the warriors time to relocate and destroy the underground of the property. The police believed he attempted to shoot U. S. Senator Bobby Clarence. While in custody, Tavia Fairchild, Clarence's assistant, comes in to identify Chase as the shooter and the chaos begins.
The action in this story never let up as Dragos senses he's on the verge of complete world dominance after neutralizing the Order by compromising the compound. Chase recognizes that Tavia may be in danger and abducts her only to discover she's more than what she seems. Their unlikely pairing was a blessing for both of them as they became critical to each other's survival. Tavia promises to be one of the more complex and interesting characters going forward and her romance with Chase was long overdue for the tortured warrior.
The events occurring in this story signal an end to the era as it was once known and the beginning of the next. It was incredibly exciting with a fitting climax. It's also unclear what that future will look like but it is an important pivot in this series and I can't wait to read the next book.